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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Ballot test due on power takeover

Written February 11th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

About one thousand¬†voters in Millersburg are about to get a say — indirectly, and in a preliminary way¬† — on the idea of their town taking over the electric power system within the city limits.


Pacific to Millersburg: It won’t work

Written December 11th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Millersburg is contemplating taking over the electric power system within its boundaries in order to allow Wah Chang, the metals plant, to benefit from low-cost preference power sold by the Bonneville Power Administration. Pacific Power has now warned the city council that in the company’s opinion this won’t work.


Power fight looms in Millersburg

Written November 15th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Millersburg has made itself the latest battleground in the age-old Oregon fight over public power. After laying the groundwork in several closed executive sessions, the city council in October formed, only on paper so far, its own city energy department and authorized further study of taking over the electric utility grid within the community of […]


When Millersburg was born

Written May 14th, 2013 by

On a bike ride the other day, I headed out of Albany on Salem Avenue and could not help but notice a spiffy new roadside sign. Welcome to Millersburg, it said, letting me know I had crossed the city limits. “Established 1873,” the sign proudly proclaims. Wait a second, wasn’t there a big controversy when […]


 
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